1. The EEOC launches a new nationwide EEOC Public Portal where individuals can inquire about discrimination online. Starting this month, individuals can submit inquiries and requests for intake interviews online. They can also digitally sign and file a charge prepared by the EEOC and engage with the agency as the charge progresses. The portal, which was piloted in five regional EEOC offices, aims to increase efficiency at the agency and make interaction easier for individuals. Yael Spiewak, an Associate from Epstein Becker Green, tells us what this could mean for employers.

    This is an extended interview from Employment Law This Week® (Episode 94: Week of November 13, 2017), an online series by Epstein Becker Green. youtu.be/Qad09Nl9YN4

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  2. Gabrielle Lyse Brown, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at the New York City Bar Association. She spoke to us about the role in-house counsel can play in increasing diversity:

    “In-house counsel play a critical role in increasing diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. You can leverage the relationships with their partner firms to continue to implement the most efficient practices for diversity and inclusion. To build on our diversity benchmarking research, the city bar has collected extensive qualitative data and facilitated discussions to discover what some of these best strategies are. Among the most popular include conversations with law firms and clients to communicate goals, address blind spots and share better practices. We’ve outlined these and other practices in our 2016 diversity benchmarking report and will continue to work in the year ahead to encourage collaboration fostering these initiatives.”

    This is a "Tip of the Week" segment from Employment Law This Week® (Episode 94: Week of November 13, 2017), an online series by Epstein Becker Green. youtu.be/Qad09Nl9YN4

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    These materials have been provided for informational purposes only and are not intended and should not be construed to constitute legal advice. The “Tip of the Week” offers one perspective on possible human resource ideas or business practices. It presents the perspective of an individual not affiliated with Epstein Becker Green and should not be considered legal advice. The content of these materials is copyrighted to Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. EMPLOYMENT LAW THIS WEEK® is a registered trademark of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. ATTORNEY ADVERTISING.

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    (1) EEOC Online Public Portal Goes Nationwide

    Our top story this week: The EEOC launches a new nationwide EEOC Public Portal where individuals can inquire about discrimination online. Starting this month, individuals can submit inquiries and requests for intake interviews online. They can also digitally sign and file a charge prepared by the EEOC and engage with the agency as the charge progresses. The portal, which was piloted in five regional EEOC offices, aims to increase efficiency at the agency and make interaction easier for individuals. Yael Spiewak, an Associate from Epstein Becker Green, tells us what this could mean for employers:

    “Individuals now can file their inquiries and set up interviews to get the ball rolling with their EEOC claims and charges online. What it means for employers is they could potentially expect to see an increase in inquiries, an increase in interviews, an increase ultimately in charges brought against them. We also expect due to the now tech savvy EEO approach that younger employees may find it easier and less of a hurdle to actually making those inquiries, setting up those interviews, and bringing charges against employers.”

    (2) House Members Propose Paid Sick Leave Preemption Law

    Is a federal paid leave act on the horizon? Three Republican representatives have proposed a bill that would exempt employers from state and local paid sick and family leave laws if they meet minimum thresholds for paid leave and workplace flexibility. The bill would provide a solution for companies operating in multiple jurisdictions, who face the challenge of complying with a patchwork of leave laws. The proposal uses ERISA’s existing preemption mechanism to block state and local leave laws for those that opt in. The bill has a long road ahead, but if the bill is signed into law, it would be the first federal law to address paid leave.

    (3) DOL to Appeal Texas Ruling That Blocked Overtime Exemptions

    The Department of Labor may appeal a Texas ruling that blocked new overtime exemption thresholds. The DOL filed a notice of appeal with the Fifth Circuit, and announced that it will ask the Court to hold the appeal in abeyance while it undertakes more rulemaking on the issue. The federal judge who blocked the rule concluded that the DOL did not have the authority to make the white collar exemptions dependent on a minimum salary level. With this notice, the DOL is preserving its right to challenge this limit on its authority while it writes new regulations. If the motion to stay the litigation is granted, and the DOL publishes new regulations, it may ask the Fifth Circuit to declare the original ruling moot.

    (4) New California Law Makes Contractors Jointly Liable for Their Subs’ Unpaid Wages

    Beginning January 1, 2018, general contractors in California will be jointly liable if their subcontractor fails to pay wages due. Under the new law, general contractors’ liability will extend to unpaid wages, fringe benefits, and all other benefit payments or contributions. Direct contractors will have the right to request subcontractors' employee wage statements, payroll records, and project information, and may withhold as "disputed" all sums owed if a subcontractor fails to provide this information in a timely manner.

    (5) Tip of the Week

    Gabrielle Lyse Brown, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at the New York City Bar Association. She spoke to us about the role in-house counsel can play in increasing diversity:

    “In-house counsel play a critical role in increasing diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. You can leverage the relationships with their partner firms to continue to implement the most efficient practices for diversity and inclusion. To build on our diversity benchmarking research, the city bar has collected extensive qualitative data and facilitated discussions to discover what some of these best strategies are. Among the most popular include conversations with law firms and clients to communicate goals, address blind spots and share better practices. We’ve outlined these and other practices in our 2016 diversity benchmarking report and will continue to work in the year ahead to encourage collaboration fostering these initiatives.”

    Visit EmploymentLawThisWeek.com.

    These materials have been provided for informational purposes only and are not intended and should not be construed to constitute legal advice. The “Tip of the Week” offers one perspective on possible human resource ideas or business practices. It presents the perspective of an individual not affiliated with Epstein Becker Green and should not be considered legal advice. The content of these materials is copyrighted to Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. EMPLOYMENT LAW THIS WEEK® is a registered trademark of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. ATTORNEY ADVERTISING.

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  4. Disability discrimination is in the spotlight as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) files a flood of lawsuits. The EEOC ended its fiscal year with a surge of disability discrimination lawsuits against high-profile companies like Lowe’s and Volvo North America. The agency filed nearly 90 total lawsuits in September, about triple the number from September 2016. We asked Shira Blank, from Epstein Becker Green, what we should take away from the EEOC’s actions.

    This is an extended interview from Employment Law This Week® (Episode 93: Week of October 30, 2017), an online series by Epstein Becker Green. youtu.be/b2WeycPbEA0

    Visit EmploymentLawThisWeek.com.

    These materials have been provided for informational purposes only and are not intended and should not be construed to constitute legal advice. The content of these materials is copyrighted to Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. EMPLOYMENT LAW THIS WEEK® is a registered trademark of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. ATTORNEY ADVERTISING.

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  5. Ana Chapa, Executive Director of the Corporate Work Study program at Don Bosco Cristo Rey, spoke to us about the importance of fostering socioeconomic diversity in the workplace:

    “Stereotypes about certain groups of people, especially people from differing economic backgrounds, can carry into the workplace. Corporate work-study programs provide a mixed learning experience. When young people from lower incomes integrate into a corporate environment, they often break down their own views. In addition to other volunteer programs, bringing underserved low-income youth into the corporate environment creates a long-lasting impact on diversity initiatives because it fosters an ongoing culture of acceptance, support, shared learning, and inclusion among your employees.”

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